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Elegant Stitches: An Illustrated Stitch Guide and Source Book of Inspiration Spiral-bound – March 1, 1995


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Elegant Stitches: An Illustrated Stitch Guide and Source Book of Inspiration + Judith Baker Montano's Embroidery & Craz: 180+ Stitches & Combinations  Tips for Needles, Thread, Ribbon, Fabric  Illustrations for Left-Handed & Right-Handed Stitching + The Crazy Quilt Handbook, Revised 2nd Edition
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 176 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (March 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091488185X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914881858
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Silk ribbon embroidery utilizes many of the same stitches as more traditional crewel embroidery, but the unique qualities of the ribbon make for a very different look. This beautiful book (conveniently spiral bound to lie flat when working) offers a comprehensive stitch guide and good coverage of all the basics. Each stitch is given a clear diagram, and many also include color photos of a detail featuring that stitch. In addition, Judith Baker Montano presents charming descriptions of what inspired her lovely, elaborate finished pieces, which she calls "free-form stitchery."

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Judith Baker Montano is a Canadian fibre artist who grew up on the historic Bar U ranch in the beautiful foothills of Alberta, Canada. A love of fabrics and embellishments reflect her heritage. Her great-grandmother was a master quilter and her mother taught her needle skills at an early age. She attributes the rich, embellished ethnic influence in her work to living next door to an Indian Reservation and a Hutterite Colony where she observed beautiful handicrafts. Eight years overseas in England, Germany and Japan was another profound influence on her artwork and outlook.

Judith attended the University of California at Chico, graduating with a degree in art and journalism. Upon graduation, she painted with the San Francisco Art Guild.

She started quilting in 1976 while living in Houston, Texas. There she was an active member of the Kingswood Quilt Guild. Judith made her first prize winning quilt in 1982, winning Best of Show at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It was a special victory as her great-grandmother won the same award in 1934.

She began to concentrate on applique quilting and "Pekisko Memories" a quilt depicting her childhood home, won Best of Show at the Texas State Fair and the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia. It won the Mountain Mist award, the Margaret Steel award for design and colour, plus many more. It was presented to the Bar U Historical Museum in 1995 and represents ranching in Canada.

At the same time, Judith was running a successful antique shop and tearoom. For six years, people enjoyed her European menu and hospitality in an old, converted church. In 1982 she closed the shop to pursue a career in fibre arts.

Her designs soon turned to clothing and crazy quilting. Using rich fabrics, vibrant colour combinations, embroidery, beading and punch needle, original pieces took on a unique style. Judith's Indian heritage appears in many of her art garments and embellishment projects.

Experimenting with materials and sewing machine, Judith created a machine method of crazy quilting using a five-sided centerpiece, which proved to be fast and effective. This led to teaching classes and her first book on crazy quilting. Over the years she has become the leading expert on Crazy quilting and embellishments.

Judith has been honoured to be spokesperson and endorser for both Kanagawa Silk Company of Tokyo, Japan and W.F.R. Ribbons, USA distributors for Mokuba Ribbons of Tokyo, Japan.

She was presented with the prestigious "Governor General's Centennial Award of Canada" in recognition for her work in the Arts and representation of Canadians living abroad.

Judith has done commission work for International firms such as Concord Fabrics, Fairfield Batting Corp., Plaid Enterprises and Kanagawa Company. Her art garments have been featured in Cut from the Same Cloth, the Statue of Liberty Fashion Show and Fairfield-Concord Fashion Shows. Her art garments have traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East. Judith has won many awards for art garments and soft jewelry pieces. She designs for Butterick/ Vogue, Bucilla Company, Mokuba Ribbons of Tokyo, Japan Fox Hill Designs, Treenway Silks and Robert Kaufman Co.

Her work has been featured at the Denver Art Museum, Denver Colorado; Profiles Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; The Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio; Mitskoshi Department Show, Tokyo, Japan. She has been a guest artist at many Stitches and Craft Trade shows, throughout Australia; the Tokyo Hobby Shows in Tokyo, Japan; Profiles and Visions, Alberta, Canada and the La Conner Quilt Museum, La Conner, Washington.

Her designs have been featured in Quilter's Newsletter; Quilting U.S.A.; Sew Business; Quilting Down Under; Needle Craft For Today; Needle and Thread; Creative Ideas for Living; Lady's Circle Patchwork Quilts; Better Homes and Gardens; McCall's Needlework; Piece Works; Quilts Japan; Craft and Needlework; Australian Quilts and Needle Craft. She is an associate editor for Belle Armoire, Art to Wear.

Judith appears on TV shows such as the Carol Duval Show, Good Morning America, The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims and Simply Quilts. She has produced tutorial videos and DVDs; Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Crazy Quilting, Embellishments, Landscapes and Judith Baker Montano Teaches You Crazy Quilting.

Judith's career has taken her from painting, to quilting, to crazy quilting and embellished embroidery artwork. Although her work keeps evolving, crazy quilting always appears in new designs, and she has turned it into a contemporary art form. She is renowned for her fibre landscapes, which incorporate all aspects of art and needlework techniques.

As the best selling author for C & T Publishing, Judith incorporates a unique combination of her photography, watercolours, pen and ink illustrations and friendly prose along with her needlework designs and love of colour.

1. Judith is the author of "Crazy Quilt Handbook" published by C&T Publishers. It covers history, traditional crazy quilting, embellishments, original designs& contemporary use. This book has sold over 175,000 copies, and was retired in its' 27th. edition in 2002.

2. A 2nd book "Crazy Quilt Odyssey - Adventures in Victorian Needlework " takes the reader from traditional crazy quilting to pictorial piecing, punch needle and silk ribbon embroidery. It is filled with wonderful patterns and photographs. Now retired and out of print.

3. "The Art of Silk Ribbon Embroidery" is a vibrant book introducing silk ribbon embroidery and offers a wide array of patterns and designs. A must for the needle worker, "The Art of Silk Ribbon Embroidery" won the P.C.M. Award, and over 197,000 copies have been sold.

4. Judith became a full-fledged writer with her novel "Recollections". Her artistic abilities and writing skills are displayed in this nostalgic story of family ties and heritage. The chapters are woven with sketches, watercolours. A great read for all ages.

5. "Elegant Stitches" is a stitcher's dictionary/work book. Chapters include freeform embroidery, left hand stitches, crazy quilt stitches and an extensive stitch guide. This Award-winning book is also a best seller at 193,000 copies sold to date.

6. A retrospect "The Art of Judith Baker Montano" is written on a Very personal level, and takes you from the beginning to the present of her fibre art career. Filled with vibrant colour, photographs and illustrations by Judith.... A collectors' book.

7. "Floral Stitches - an Illustrated Guide" is the companion to "Elegant Stitches." It is filled with chapters of floral stitches, crazy quilt stitches, freeform embroidery, plus all kinds of info. pertaining to flowers. This stitch guide is an award winner and today has sold over 65,000 copies.

8. "Crazy Quilt Handbook, 2nd Edition" is a completely updated revision of the old classic It is complete with colour throughout, new photos and patterns. Considered the best beginner's book for crazy quilting it features clear, concise instructions. The sales are now past 82,000 copies.

9. The Complete Embroidery Stitch Tool , published in 2007, is a flip chart style book of all types of embroidery stitches. It is a compact booklet that easily stand alone allowing the embroider to use both hands!!! This little stitch companion is well beyond 36,000 copies and still going!!!!

10. Judith's latest book is "Fibreart Montage, Combining Quilting, Embroidery and Photography With Embellishments". Her new publish house is Dragon Threads Inc. It is a hardcover, 265 page, spiral bound book full of beautiful photography and step out instructions. There are nine different subjects in one book, covering crazy quilting, photography, computer skills, watercolor painting, land/seascapes, underwater, cottages, embroidery and dying fabrics!! Judith guides you through the steps she takes to make award winning Mixed medium art pieces.

Look for Judith's' four videos "Crazy Quilting", "Embellishments", "Landscapes", and "Silk Ribbon Embroidery" as well as a gift line of wrapping paper and note cards.

She has a brand new DVD out with the Title "Judith Baker Montano teaches you Crazy Quilting!". It is a two and a half hour long DVD that covers her style of crazy quilting, embroidery, silk ribbon techniques and beading. There is a segment showing the gardens and her various projects in the studio.

An accomplished fiber artist, Judith is also a qualified teacher and lecturer. She is comfortable in the embroidery, quilting and fiber arts world. Teaching has taken her throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Classes are varied and include clothing design, crazy quilting, embellishments, silk ribbon embroidery and fiber landscape designs.

She offers exclusive seminars in her private studio. (eight times a year) The seminars are limited to six students for five days of study. The seminars are extremely popular and book up rapidly. For more information refer to the Seminar pages on her website.

Judith travels half the year, teaching and lecturing but her heart belongs in southern Colorado. She has been returning annually to this area since attending Junior College in Trinidad, Colorado in 1968.

Judith now resides in La Veta, Colorado with her husband Ernest Shealy and an ever-growing menagerie of pets.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1995
Format: Spiral-bound
The most complete how to book on using silk ribbon for embroidery. Written by world reknown author, teacher and lecturer Judith Baker Montano. Read it in French Japanese or English. This book shows each stitch with a how to line drawing as well as a blow up of it within a piece of finished art work. Judith's palette is one of a kind, her jewel toned floral designs are easy to duplicate with this timeless referance book. Everything you need to get started working with wonderful silk ribbons that are now available at most sewing and craft stores. Embellish a tuxedo jacket lapel, a pair of velvet flats, a matching pendent and more when you learn the how easy it is to do this wonderful handwork that began in the 1700's. Full color photos. Even a section for left handers. Judith even shows how to create your own unique designs in a wonderful chapter at the end. What a find
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on November 25, 2000
Format: Spiral-bound
My mom bought me this book for my birthday, she said I needed to learn the family tradition of silk ribbon embroidery. Being a typical 15 year old, I was kindof sheepish about it, but as I started reading, I became captivated by it. I couldn't believe it! It was easy to read, very comprehensive (the other stitch books my mom had were hard to read and kind of boring) and fun! Each stitch is given a clear diagram so I could easily see the pattern. It was unreal! I actually liked something my Mom bought me! I have shared this book with all my friends(especially the girls, because they love guys who can stitch!) I love you Mom, kudos for Judith Baker Montano, I hope she has a follow up to this!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Teresa McCauley on December 14, 1999
Format: Spiral-bound
I asked the library for a book on stitches for a left-handed person, and this is one of what they found. Wonderful ! Clear directions and easy to understand. What a wonderful way to spend some of lifes time relaxing.
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Georgina on May 1, 2003
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This book is not very good. It's all line drawings, some photos, boringly presented and basically an adhoc production. Boring and uninspiring. It's written because Montano in her Crazy Quilt Book (superb!) tells how embroidery is the make or break deal in a crazy quilt but this book does not live up to those expectations.
Instead try Lucinda Ganderton's a Stitch Sampler, where colour threads are used and everything is easily viewed or if a Montano is what you are seeking go for the gold and get her Crazy Quilting book, where the main stitches are detailed and her methods outlined. Just pass this one by.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
Format: Spiral-bound
This is a book of wonderful and inspiring illustrations. The diagrams are clear and concise. The diagrams show how easy it is to add to the stitches with other stitches to make your work grow.Judith has a wonderful ability to make one stitch turn into at least 10 different stitches with her use of colour and beading. This expands the depth of the stitches to make them more interestiing and gives them more width and versatility and interest.A wonderful book and very practical being spiral bound so that it lies flat and stays open while you are trying to reconstruct these stitches.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1998
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Physically, Judith's book is beautiful, containing many beautiful color pictures of her stiches. The book is also spiral bound so it lies flat while you are stitching. The book contains many beautiful stiches from beginner to advanced as well as samples of her work. She clearly illustrates each stitch technique. I purchased this book when I first became interested in silk embroidery and feel that it is the only book you will ever need. I highly recommend this book to all levels of silk embroiders.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mother of Zeus on June 2, 2005
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If I could rate this book with 6 Stars, I would. Beautifully written & illustrated, it provides step-by-step illustrations for every stitch you can imagine and includes special stitches used for silk ribbon embroidery. (And, for any "lefties" out there, it includes a section just for you.) Although many stitch/embroidery guides include many of these basics, there are literally hundreds of examples of motifs you can create by combining stitches. TRULY an INSPIRATIONAL GUIDE! I'm tempted to throw away the other embroidery books I own because this is literally the only one that anybody needs!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Bennett on July 15, 2003
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It had been many years since I learned to embroider as a child. I had difficulty finding a basic stitch guide to assist me in reviving this art in my life. This book provides not only basic stitches but clear instructions and illustrations of more complex stitches. The inspiration is in the color photographs of completed works and the valuable section on composite stitches and suggested combinations. The book also reviews the types of needles for use with various yarns and threads on a variety of fabrics. It's everything I hoped for!
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